Week 51, 2022: Development and Testing Updates



Status : :green_circle: Released

:point_right: Do let us know, if your device received v1.5 but as yet has not got the v1.6 build

Share your feedback and vote on v1.6

Previous releases & user feedback :open_file_folder:

Future releases



Status: :green_circle: Released

  • Download here
    • Sources available here
    • version is /e/OS Q
    • S and R version of GSI yet to be planned. Awaiting developer availability

OS OTA upgrades

Status: :green_circle: Ongoing


  • FP3 Q to R stable
  • OnePlus Nord Q to R (stable build)
  • Samsung s7/ s7+
  • Samsung s9 / s9+


  • Samsung s8 /s8+
    • Pie to S OTA upgrade
    • ETA : To be announced :crossed_fingers:
What we mean by OS OTA upgrade - Click to expand or close

:nerd_face: OTA OS upgrade means the upgrade to a higher OS level. Updates will be delivered Over the Air (OTA). The OTA upgrades are available on official builds only. Users who have unofficial or custom-builds will not get the notification to install the upgrade build. They will have to manually download and flash the Q builds once they are released, which may result in data loss.

Unofficial ROM build refer the section ROM Builders - Unofficial and Custom

Recent Documentation updates
ROM Builders - Unofficial and Custom
  • Pleas update your Docker image to tne latest image we released
  • Those building using traditional repo sync method refer android_prebuilts_prebuiltapks_lfs
  • You will have to install git-lfs (sudo apt-get install git-lfs)
  • After completing a repo sync, you will have to run repo forall -c ‘git lfs pull’

:nerd_face: Reason behind these changes:

Due to the large size of the android_prebuilts_prebuiltapks we have switched to using LFS, and now you will need to refer to android_prebuilts_prebuiltapks_lfs

End of official support for Nougat, Oreo and Pie 😞 For Pie, Oreo and Nougat the official /e/OS support draws to a close.

Reasons for dropping official support are:

  • newly released applications like App Lounge, Advanced privacy code has not been customized for these OS versions.
  • lack of dedicated ROM Maintainers
  • no support upstream (Lineage dropped support for Pie sometime back)
  • device trees will continue to exist in the Gitlab and users with build skills can create custom ROMs on these builds
  • Security patches and vendor patches for the Pie, Oreo and Nougat code will be updated based on availability.

:nerd_face: Google stops security patches for OS after some time. Similarly, Vendors drop support for older models when they release newer models in the market. Then it depends on developers from various communities to backport the patches.

Device and Vendor specific Announcements

:loudspeaker: Gigaset GS290

  • We have stopped the sales of the Gigaset GS290 on the eSolutionsShop as the vendor has stopped production of the device. We will continue support for existing users.

:loudspeaker: Message being shared on the request of our vendor partners

  • Vendors whose phones we sell on our eSolutions Store do not directly sell /e/OS flashed devices.
  • The vendors only sell their devices with their own stock ROM.
  • To get pre flashed /e/OS phones, you have to purchase them from the eSolutions Shop.

:loudspeaker: /e/OS Pre flashed device sales

  • We sell directly in EU, US, Canada.
  • Find details of what devices are available in which countries here eSolutions Shop.
  • In Australia we do not sell directly. You can purchase preflashed /e/OS devices from this site

:loudspeaker: Murena One released
A phone from Murena with /e/OS installed has been launched and is available for purchase. Check the device specs here

Expect more device releases from Murena in future :grinning:

:nerd_face: Murena is the brand name and /e/OS is the operating system.

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  • Facing issues with devices you purchased from us ? Send a mail with details to helpdesk@e.email


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Hello Manoj,
Thanks a lot for the weekly updates!

Unfortunately Xiaomi Mi A1 didn’t get the update 1.5R->1.6R

Thank you for forwarding!

Checking on this. Will update.

Regarding Samsung S8/S8+: Does the missing comment regarding the two issues means, that there is a progress and an OTA upgrade can be expected? Is there a rough schedule in behind?

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We plan to release the OS OTA upgrade build of s8 / s8+ with v1.7 - early Jan 2023


Some builds are still in progress.
Eventually we will have to take a call on the number of OS versions we can support. Maybe only the latest will be supported. Users will have to manually upgrade or where available use the Easy Installer. It becomes difficult to maintain older OS versions as compatibility issues with applications crop up.

Hello Manoj, xz2c on R is still missing v1.6.

/e/OS ‘S’ and ‘R’ versions will fill a major gap in the GSI landscape. All renowned and also lesser known GSI developers build exclusively GSI builds without support for signature spoofing and / or without built-in MicroG and FLOSS replacements of GAPPS, but in versions like Vanilla (i.e. no GAPPS), with regular GAPPS, with Android Go GAPPS.

/e/OS ‘Q’ GSI is a highly compatible operating system and usually all elementary functions run on suitable smartphones and tablets. Especially the newer Android tablets will benefit from the /e/OS ‘S’ and ‘R’ GSI versions and will get a great chance to be degoogled.

Hi & thanks for your great work!

Unfortunately, on my FP3 Q (1.5-q-20221031230909-dev-FP3) the OTA update to 1.6 is still not available, not to mention an OTA upgrade from Q to R.

Any idea what might be the problem?

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OTA upgrade is only available for Stable builds.

Mmh, this means, that as an early adopter, installing /e/ when Q was still dev only, you never where updated to the stable channel, but remained dev. I never realized that until now. That seems to unnecessarily complicate updating and upgrading, because one is now stuck on dev channel without OTA updates or the possibility of OTA upgrades.

I really love /e/ and the effort that is put in it by its team and community, but I hate the prospect of completely setting up my phone once again. Meeh, but well, it’s worth the effort^.^

For me, that means never dev again. Anybody who flirts with the dev build of S should also keep this obstacle in mind when choosing.

Biggest issue is when you have a locked bootloader. If not you might sideload the dev S (maybe also without data loss). Others have tried and did spread the word on the forum

For the FP3 stable build, the OTA upgrade from 1.4 to 1.5 automatically also was the upgrade from Q to R. There was not option to OTA-upgrade from 1.4q to 1.5q in stable at all.

My bootloader is unlocked, can you provide some links to the posts concerning successfull sideload upgrading? I would really be interested in upgrading without data loss. As of now, I am not happy looking at the best practice upgrade process: First installing stock FP3 Android 11, than installing /e/ R stable, total data loss included, building my phone up from the scratch…

Hmm in the search I can find this post:

I remember also someone else, it is either in the weekly updates or in the version feedback, the person went to S, so it was around when S was released.

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I’m curious, why don’t you upgrade to S ?
I’m using xz2c with 1.6 S and it’s working fine on my side…

The USB port of the device became unrecognizable using it with a computer. I can charge it with all Type C cable with PD but connecting it with the same to a computer will not recognize it it only charges. Not beeing able to sideload anything anymore (e recovery has no installation from SD card posibility and flashing twrp can not be done), I decided to buy a secondhand Pixel 4a and install a stable version on it. I ordered a new USB port to replace it bymyself but I have no idea if it will work afterwards.

Here is the other one:

And yesterday it came up again around here:


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^o^ Thanks for your effort! That one is actually an answer to a similar post by me in said thread. I already am thrilled by the idea of the proposed Android Backup and Restore project, that sounds like something I have longed for quite a while. I think I will give it a try today. If so, I will report back the results.

Hi @Manoj,

I know I’m a bit heavy with this but do you have any information about an upgrade from android Q to S for the samsung S9/S9+ in OTA?

It’s quote “Ongoing” but with a green dot (maybe an orange one is more approrpiate :roll_eyes: ?
Samsung s9 / s9+ is quote as completed ? But what is completed ? R to Q maybe, Q to R, R to S ? I really don’t know and it’s a bit confusing to me :slight_smile:

Thank for your help ^^